Many of our collections are made from regenerated and regenerable ECONYL® yarns. The fact that the yarns are regenerated simply means that they are manufactured from waste products in a particular type of nylon (Nylon 6). That the yarns are regenerable means that after use they can be converted into new nylon products. This allows the ECONYL® yarns to be incorporated into a closed-loop system in which they can be converted again and again into new yarns.
Aquafil is the company behind ECONYL® yarns. Aquafil specialises in collecting used nylon products which:
- have reached the end of their product life (example: used carpeting)
- have been left in the wild or industrial areas (example: discarded fishing nets left behind in the oceans)
- are residual products from the manufacturing of other products (example: textile waste products from clothing manufacturing)
All three examples involve a refining process. For the used carpets, the carpet fibres are cut away from the backing. The used fishing nets are cleaned and cut into smaller pieces, and the textile waste products are also cut into small pieces.
Next, they enter the same refining process where they break down into their original chemical formula in the form of nylon chips. They are then included as raw materials in the manufacturing of new Nylon 6 nylon products – including ECONYL® carpet yarns.